There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat! is a Halloween-themed early reader book by Lucille Colandro and illustrated by Jared Lee. The duo is known for their Old Lady Swallowed A… book series for children. There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat! by Lucille Colandro was the very first book in Lucille Colander’s famous children’s early reader book series. I bought this book for my six-year-old daughter because it looked enjoyable and was a rhyming book that had a lot of pictures for her to look at. This book is geared toward ages three- to six-years-old.
The book centers around an old woman who has an endless appetite for gobbling up everyone and anything related to Halloween. As they turn the pages, children get to guess what the old woman will swallow next. We see her eat owls, ghosts, bats, goblins and even a wizard. I won’t spoil the ending, but I will say it stays true to the Halloween-ish vibes.
Reading this book to my daughter for the first time was silly and entertaining. I like the way the author rhymes the words and repeats them throughout the book so the child can learn new words through repetition. When my daughter read the book to me, the illustrations helped her with words she did not know or would normally forget.
Like all Lucille Colander’s books in the Old Lady Who Swallowed a … series, this book is no different, with the crazy old lady swallowing some pretty incredible things. Each of her books is intended to entertain earlier readers, this one does just that. If your child likes the Old Lady Who Swallowed a … book series, then they will like this book, too.
Even though my daughter generally enjoyed this book, she did find it disturbing that the old lady was swallowing living things, but laughed it off and seemed to know it was all in good fun. I can see how this book would be confusing, and even disturbing, to young children. If I were to change anything in this book, it might be the author’s choice of what the old lady swallows. For example, she could have swallowed a pumpkin, squash, or even candy apples instead of a bat, cat, or owl.
Overall, I thought this book had a strong structure and was fun to read.
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Stay tuned because my daughter and I will be reviewing Lucille Colander’s Christmas book There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell!